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February 17, 2006 | Richard Rushfield, Times Staff Writer
Perhaps the least slick stop on the awards circuit, the Visual Effects Society ceremony is also the newest. Established in 1997, the society now claims 1,600 members: effects wizards and animators working in a number of media including feature films, video games and commercials. The show itself is now in its fourth year and held on the spot of countless ceremonies, the Hollywood Palladium.
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February 13, 2014 | By Susan King
Alfonso Cuaron's stranded-in-space thriller "Gravity" was the big winner Wednesday evening at the 12th Visual Effects Society Awards in Beverly Hills. "Gravity," which stars Sandra Bullock and is nominated for 10 Academy Awards including the picture, director and actress prizes, won six VES Awards. Among the categories it led were visual effects in a visual effects-driven feature motion picture, virtual cinematography in a live action feature motion picture and models in a feature motion picture.
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January 19, 2010 | By Susan King
The day after nabbing the top award at the Golden Globes, the science-fiction epic "Avatar" earned 11 nominations for the Visual Effects Society's VES Awards. The 3-D blockbuster received nods Monday for outstanding visual effects in a visual effects motion picture; a double nomination in the single visual effect of the year category; animated character in a live-action feature; matte paintings in a feature; models and miniatures in a feature motion picture; a triple nomination in creative environment in a feature; and a double nomination for compositing in a feature.
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February 6, 2013 | By Susan King
Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" won four VES Awards at the 11th Visual Effects Society Awards on Tuesday evening at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. "Life of Pi" -- which is nominated for 11 Academy Awards, including best film and director -- won for visual effects in a visual effects-driven motion picture, animated character in a live action feature motion picture forĀ  Richard Parker, FX and simulation animation in a live action feature motion picture for the...
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February 18, 2005 | From a Times staff writer
The tidal wave in "The Day After Tomorrow" was named the best single visual effect of the year at the third annual awards ceremony held by the Visual Effects Society. Awards were presented Wednesday night in 19 categories covering film, TV, commercials, music videos and video games.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 2010 | By Susan King
Three major Oscar-contending movies -- "Avatar," "The Hurt Locker" and "The White Ribbon" -- were big winners over the weekend as the awards' season enters the final stretch. Christian Berger won the top feature film honor for "The White Ribbon" on Saturday evening at the 24th annual American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement Awards. The much-lauded German film, which is Oscar-nominated for best cinematography and foreign language film, was the only black-and-white film among the five nominees.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 2008 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," "Transformers," "Ratatouille" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" were the big winners Sunday night at the Visual Effects Society's sixth annual VES Awards. The fifth entry in the "Potter" series won outstanding special effects in a motion picture. "Transformers," the blockbuster action thriller based on the Hasbro toy line figures, won VES awards for outstanding visual effects in a visual effects-driven motion picture; best single visual effect of the year for the desert highway sequence, outstanding models or miniatures in a motion picture; and outstanding compositing in a motion picture.
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July 8, 2010 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Since iconoclastic actor-writer-producer-director-artist Dennis Hopper died in May after a long battle with prostate cancer, screenings of his 1969 masterwork, "Easy Rider," have been popping up around town. However, the Silent Movie Theatre is the first to schedule a tribute screening series to Hopper. "Dennis Hopper: Wasn't Born to Follow," kicks off Friday evening with "Easy Rider," which marked his directorial debut, and the 1971 documentary "The American Dreamer," which chronicles his post-"Easy Rider" success and the making of his next film, the ill-fated "The Last Movie."
BUSINESS
July 22, 1998 | MICHAEL P. LUCAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Peppy new technology is rapidly changing the look of television and expanding markets for companies involved in visual effects production, bringing artists in the field gratifying assignments--and a few they didn't quite anticipate. Emmy Award-winning effects supervisor Ron Thornton said his best work last year was creating a computer-animated, 9-foot-tall, three-legged alien for UPN network's "Star Trek: Voyager."
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June 21, 1999 | ERIC HARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They seem crude by today's standards, with their cheesy costumes and model spaceships that hang by very visible threads, but once upon a time, movies such as "The War of the Worlds" and the original "Mighty Joe Young" were considered special effects extravaganzas. Audiences thrilled at their invention and quaked at the power of their images.
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February 6, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Visual effects visionary, director and producer Douglas Trumbull has a "broad" philosophy of film. He believes that everything in a movie is, in essence, a special effect. "Movies are all about illusions, whether it is makeup or wardrobe or some location or being in a period of time or being on an alien planet," says Trumbull, 69. Trumbull has created some of the screen's greatest illusions in such seminal sci-fi films as Stanley Kubrick's 1968 masterwork "2001: A Space Odyssey," his own 1972 cult classic "Silent Running" and Steven Spielberg's 1977 "Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 8, 2010 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Since iconoclastic actor-writer-producer-director-artist Dennis Hopper died in May after a long battle with prostate cancer, screenings of his 1969 masterwork, "Easy Rider," have been popping up around town. However, the Silent Movie Theatre is the first to schedule a tribute screening series to Hopper. "Dennis Hopper: Wasn't Born to Follow," kicks off Friday evening with "Easy Rider," which marked his directorial debut, and the 1971 documentary "The American Dreamer," which chronicles his post-"Easy Rider" success and the making of his next film, the ill-fated "The Last Movie."
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 2010 | By Susan King
Three major Oscar-contending movies -- "Avatar," "The Hurt Locker" and "The White Ribbon" -- were big winners over the weekend as the awards' season enters the final stretch. Christian Berger won the top feature film honor for "The White Ribbon" on Saturday evening at the 24th annual American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement Awards. The much-lauded German film, which is Oscar-nominated for best cinematography and foreign language film, was the only black-and-white film among the five nominees.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 19, 2010 | By Susan King
The day after nabbing the top award at the Golden Globes, the science-fiction epic "Avatar" earned 11 nominations for the Visual Effects Society's VES Awards. The 3-D blockbuster received nods Monday for outstanding visual effects in a visual effects motion picture; a double nomination in the single visual effect of the year category; animated character in a live-action feature; matte paintings in a feature; models and miniatures in a feature motion picture; a triple nomination in creative environment in a feature; and a double nomination for compositing in a feature.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 2009 | Susan King
In what cinematic world do "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Cloverfield," "Iron Man" and "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" earn equal attention? Well, they are all among the nominees for the Visual Effects Society Awards announced Monday.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 2008 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," "Transformers," "Ratatouille" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" were the big winners Sunday night at the Visual Effects Society's sixth annual VES Awards. The fifth entry in the "Potter" series won outstanding special effects in a motion picture. "Transformers," the blockbuster action thriller based on the Hasbro toy line figures, won VES awards for outstanding visual effects in a visual effects-driven motion picture; best single visual effect of the year for the desert highway sequence, outstanding models or miniatures in a motion picture; and outstanding compositing in a motion picture.
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February 14, 2002 | P. J. HUFFSTUTTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Standing on stage, Stan Winston braced himself to defend his latest creation--the fuzzy, dancing robotic teddy bear that starred last year in the film "A.I. Artificial Intelligence." Hundreds of his rivals and fellow members of the visual effects branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences sat before him. Their job on this night was to pick the three films that would be considered for an Academy Award.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2014 | By Susan King
Alfonso Cuaron's stranded-in-space thriller "Gravity" was the big winner Wednesday evening at the 12th Visual Effects Society Awards in Beverly Hills. "Gravity," which stars Sandra Bullock and is nominated for 10 Academy Awards including the picture, director and actress prizes, won six VES Awards. Among the categories it led were visual effects in a visual effects-driven feature motion picture, virtual cinematography in a live action feature motion picture and models in a feature motion picture.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 2006 | Richard Rushfield, Times Staff Writer
Perhaps the least slick stop on the awards circuit, the Visual Effects Society ceremony is also the newest. Established in 1997, the society now claims 1,600 members: effects wizards and animators working in a number of media including feature films, video games and commercials. The show itself is now in its fourth year and held on the spot of countless ceremonies, the Hollywood Palladium.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 18, 2005 | From a Times staff writer
The tidal wave in "The Day After Tomorrow" was named the best single visual effect of the year at the third annual awards ceremony held by the Visual Effects Society. Awards were presented Wednesday night in 19 categories covering film, TV, commercials, music videos and video games.
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